Saturday, 7th June 2014 – Day 3 – River Seine Cruise and Lunch at Eiffel Tower

Saturday, 7th June 2014 – Day 3 – River Seine Cruise and Lunch at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre

Received a wake up call at 7.00 and into breakfast before my taxi arrived to take me to 2 Rue de Pyramides to join my Tour. We boarded a coach for a city tour.  Paris has some wonderful buildings, monuments, museums, bridges, restaurants and shopping centres. We passed many of these – The Pyramide du Louvre, Tokyo Palace, Trocadero, Chaillot Palace, Concorde Square, Institute of France, National Library, the Bastille, the Conciergerie and too numerous to name. We drove  along the beautiful tree lined Ave Des Champs-Élysées , through the Arc De Triumphe and of course there was The Eiffel Tower –  The Iron Lady.  I was a little surprised that it wasn’t taller.

I then went on a cruise on The River Seine until we came to the Eiffel Tower stop.

The Eiffel Tower is universally recognised but it nearly disappeared.  It was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1889, the highest tower of its time.  It is 324 metres tall.  It was meant to be demolished but was saved when it was taken over for military use as a watch tower. Later for the radio, and television since 1957 (today it still functions as a giant aerial.  There is reconstructing of the first floor which will be entirely redeveloped by August 2014. In the meantime, the monument remains open to the millions of visitors.   Pictures of the project can be seen on www.eiffel-tower.com.

We were able to have direct access without joining the enormous queues as we had tickets. Into the elevator to the first floor The restaurant 58 for a delicious meal. I sat with Heidi and Tony, a couple from Australia. After lunch, it was time to enjoy the sights of Paris and look through the glass floor to below.

At 2.00 said goodbye to Heidi and Tony and I got a rickshaw to MONTEMARTE 12 Kms away.

Was lovely and relaxing travelling along the tree lined streets and taking in the sights. Montmartre is a buzzing place with thousands of people enjoying the party atmosphere – many restaurants, bars, painters and musicians. By this time, the temperature had risen to about 34 so after climbing several stairs, I enjoyed a Heinekin before more steps. Met Marlene and her son from California. I then hopped on Le Petit Train de Montemartre – was good to give my feet a rest. Was a good way to see the area – saw Moulin Rouge theatre, St Peter’s church one of the oldest churches in Paris and passed the Magnificent Sacre Coeur Basilica, a pilgrimage place.  After the train ride, I came back to the Sacre Coeur and went inside the basilica.

Once outside, took in the exceptional views of Paris –  the highest point in Paris.  I then had the short ride on the funicular.  Did it the wrong way around as it would have been better had I ridden it up the hill but I kept asking where was the cable car and could not make myself understood. I then wandered along the streets until I got a taxi back to my hotel. I had dinner at a nearby restaurant – Chez Mimmo and then went to bed after a wonderful day in Gay Paris.

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